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Verb type: 1


  1. to strive, endeavour, seek to, pursue (+ illative (of the third infinitive)) (to attempt through application of effort)
    Hän oli päättänyt pyrkiä rauhaan.
    He had decided to try to make peace.
  2. to plan to become, aspire to be, run for (office) (+ translative) (to work towards or hope to attain a position)
    Hän pyrkii presidentiksi.
    He plans to become president. / He is running for president.
    Lapsena hän pyrki solistiksi.
    As a child, she aspired to be a soloist.
  3. to tend (+ illative (of the third infinitive)) (to have a tendency to)
    Hinnat pyrkivät nousemaan.
    Prices tend to rise.


Indicative Conjugations

The present, imperfect, perfect, and pluperfect (past perfect) tenses in English correspond to "speaks", "spoke", "has spoken", and "had spoken".

Present tense conjugation chart

Past tense conjugation chart

Perfect tense conjugation chart

Pluperfect tense conjugation chart

Conditional Conjugations

The conditional present and perfect moods in English typically correspond to "would" and "would have".

Present tense conjugation chart

Perfect tense conjugation chart